Fire Service Certificate (FSTC)


The Fire Service Certificate program provides specific education, training, and skills needed to obtain employment at a fire department. The Emergency Medical Technician course and the Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 courses that are part of the certificate prepare students for the State of Ohio's Certification exams.

Successful completion of the state exams is required before certification cards are issued by the State of Ohio.

The Fire Service certificate program offers a fast track to employment. All credits earned while completing this certificate also can be applied to the Fire Service Technology associate's degree.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work at fire departments

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$28,000 – $33,000 annual salary

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment for firefighters will increase by about 9 percent through 2020, and employment of EMTs will increase by more than 40 percent through 2020.

Gainful Employment Data

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Graduates of the Fire Science Technology associate's degree program who complete an optional set of additional classes may continue with seamless transition to the University of Cincinnati to earn a bachelor’s degree


Effective 2017-2018 academic year

Fire Service Certificate (FSTC)

Program Prerequisites: AFM 092 Introductory Algebra (minimum grade C) or appropriate placement test score.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
FST 105 Firefighter Physical Preparedness ( T) 1 2 2
FST 120 Fire Behavior and Combustion ( T) 2 0 2
FST 123 Principles of Emergency Services ( T) 3 0 3
FST 131 Firefighter Professional 1 ( T) 4 6 6
Semester 2      
FST 129 Fire Prevention ( T) 3 0 3
FST 132 Firefighter Professional 2 ( T) 3 6 5
EMS 110 Emergency Medical Technician Theory and Practice 5 4 7
Technical Elective (T)   2 0 2
Total Credits:   23 18 30


Technical Elective  
Select one of the following: 10
EMS 120 Paramedic Anatomy and Physiology 3
FST 126 Fire Protection Systems 2
FST 223 Principles of Fire and Emergency Services Safety and Survival 2
FST 226 Building Construction for Fire Protection 3
FST 228 Legal Aspects of the Emergency Services 3
PST 100 Introduction to Emergency Management 3
PST 110 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
PST 140 Public Safety Telecommunicator 3
THZ 105 OSHA 40-Hour HAZMAT (HAZWOPER) Workshop 3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Phil Vossmeyer
(513) 569-1415